FORT EUSTIS, Va. (Apr. 7, 2016) — The winners for U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s top instructors were recently announced for their accomplishments and dedication by Brig. Gen Robert Ulses, TRADOC Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7.
“They all deserve recognition for the outstanding job they do on a daily basis,” said Ulses in the announcement. “Their professionalism as instructors,facilitators, leaders, and mentors ensures the Army’s preparedness for future challenges,” he said.
More than 64 instructors from centers and schools throughout TRADOC, the Army National Guard and Army Reserve competed. Seven instructors were awarded excellence in the following categories:
- Educator of the Year category, Lt. Col Jason Hanifin U.S. Army Logistics University , Fort Lee, Virginia
- Officer Instructor of the Year category, Capt. Rafael A. Monterrosa, Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation, Fort Benning, Georgia
- Warrant Officer Instructor of the Year category, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Kristy Fair, Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Oklahoma
- Noncommissioned Officer Instructor of the Year category, Staff Sgt. Tegst Ayalw, U.S. Army Logistics University , Fort Lee, Virginia
- Civilian Instructor of the Year category, Ms. Alicia Rose, U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, Fort Rucker, Alabama
- National Guard Instructor of the Year category, Staff Sgt. Nicole Bourgeois, 1st Battalion (Noncommissioned Officer Academy), 199th Regiment Regional Training Institute, Camp Beauregard, Louisiana
- Army Reserve Instructor of the Year category, Maj. Jason Nagel, 80th Training Command (The Army School System), North Chesterfield, Virginia
Gen. David Perkins, TRADOC commanding general, is scheduled to present each winner in August with a commander’s 4-star note, certificate of achievement, and a plaque during the 2016 Instructor of the Year ceremony here.
The winners were selected after two rounds of judging, based on exceptional performance in technical knowledge, communication skills and classroom management techniques. Founded in 1988, TRADOC’s Instructor of the Year recognition ceremony was created to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of instructors, celebrating the accomplishments of the “best and brightest” instructors that TRADOC and the Army has to offer.